Monthly Archives: June 2013

Festive Food for July 4th

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Most of us around the country will be grilling the favorites for the 4th-burgers, dogs and possibly sausage…that’s a given. The side dishes can be a …

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Late Blight on tomato plants

Late blight of tomato plants has recently been confirmed in a commercial field in Montgomery County, MD.
Late blight is a potentially destructive disease of tomatoes (and potatoes) caused by the fungal disease, Phytophthora …

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Plant of the Month – Hydrangeas!

Who doesn’t love hydrangeas?  Especially in late June, when most types are strutting their stuff.  So, lots to see and comment on, starting with the Oakleaf hydrangeas seen above and below.

Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia) …

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Resources and Inspiration for Miniature Gardens

Call them fairy gardens or more broadly, miniature gardens, but everyone agrees it’s a trend on the rise.  It combines the joy of gardening with the magic of miniatures and it’s not just for kids! 

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A Celebration of Wild Eats From Our Bees

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 
The information below is so important during National Pollinator Week, I had to share it directly with you. On our blog Wednesday, Susan Harris shared …

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It’s Pollinator Week, and Gardeners can Help

It’s happening across the U.S. and, thanks to a proclamation from Governor O’Malley, it’s Pollinator Week here in Maryland, too.  So in honor of this very special class of insects, let’s review WHY they’re …

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What’s New and Always Fabulous at Longwood Gardens

We’re lucky to live just 90 or so minutes away from what many consider to be the top public garden in the U.S. – Longwood Gardens near Wilmington.  It’s an easy day trip, and …

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Give Dad a Hand on Father’s Day

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Fire it Up for Father’s Day is the all-time great present for your guy! The gift of a live-fire grilling adventure, wine paring with The Vineyard …

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My June To-Do List

Here’s what I’m doing in my garden this month, plus a few chores I recommend to others. 
Ornamental Plants

Deadheading perennials, like the Salvias shown above.  (And boy, am I glad I don’t have …

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Barry Glick’s “Woodland Wonders from the Wild”

A highlight of our Perennial Pandemonium this past weekend was an inspiring talk called “Woodland Wonders from the Wild” by Barry Glick, plantsman extraordinaire and owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens in West Virginia.

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A Trip to Homestead Gardens Deco Department

 Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
Coastal Cottage and Fathers Day
In early summer, it’s a good thing to focus on the home furnishings and now expanding fashions at both Homestead …

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How Real Gardeners Use Stepables

Here’s another Perennials Pandemonium event I’ve marked on my calendar and recommended to my friends: Stepables: Plants that Tolerate Foot Traffic! by Sandy McDougle of Sandy’s Plants.  It’s at our Davidsonville store this …

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Sandy McDougle Knows Heat-Loving Perennials

Homestead’s big Perennials Pandemoniam weekend of events is almost here, and I have to admit having a favorite event or two circled on my own calendar.  The first is a show-and-tell about “Perennials that …

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